Second, Second Thoughts

What does this giant swatch tell you?

Cardiswatch

It tells me that I didn't have a clue about this cardigan for a long time.  Twisted or plain stockinette?  Ribbing?  Waist shaping?  It was all up in the air.

As I swatched the slip-stitch edging from Cinxia, I realized that it looked nothing like I thought it would.  It looked a lot like seed stitch.  This was disappointing.  Don't get me wrong, I'm a big fan of seed stitch, but for this project I want something new.

That threw everything into question.  This latest knitting dilemma quickly justified a trip to the bookstore, where I purchased Nicky Epstein's Knitted Embellishments, and the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns.

Flipping through both, I decided that twisted stockinette was the way to go for the overall pattern.  Then I needed something angular for the edging.  I thought about lace, but quickly rejected it.  Kathy just finished that beautiful Toccata Sweater with the lace edging, but I didn't want an open pattern for a winter cardigan.

With those criteria, I looked again and found the edging that you see on the top of the swatch.  From the Big Book of Knitting Stitch Patterns, it's called the Zig Zag Rib Pattern.

It's closed, it's angular, and it's unusual without screaming "HANDKNIT!"  With that settled, it's time for measurements and math!

 

I looked at Cinxia and tho' I liked it very much, decided that it would hang like a flared skirt on me. I'll be watching to see what you come up with.

I have both the "Big Book" and one of Nicky Epstein's edgings and embellishments books. They are great sources of inspiration, aren't they?

Seems like you're well on your way, and you're right, that swatch is almost the size of a cardi front! Better safe than sorry!

That's how I felt about Cinxia too. Is I liked the way it looked but decided the points were a little iffy and I would have to see a sample before I committed to knitting it. Glad you found the right stitch for the edging and now you're on your way to designing another great knit. And the yarn can stop mocking you now!

I'm enamored of Cinxia, too. I'm still trying to get gauge on the twisted stockinette (in Elann's Peruvian Highland worsted wool), but I'm pretty sure I'm going to just work the pattern as designed. I like the boxy, somewhat tilted shape.

I'm enamored of Cinxia, too. I'm still trying to get gauge on the twisted stockinette (in Elann's Peruvian Highland worsted wool), but I'm pretty sure I'm going to just work the pattern as designed. I like the boxy, somewhat tilted shape.

 

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